Trainers and Coaches

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Team Chester

Meet the Fam

Our American Family Fitness gym in Chester is home to the area’s best personal trainers. Whether you’re looking to drop a few pounds, tone up, or increase mobility and endurance, our trainers are available to help. Sign up today to get started!

Arnold Roots II

Personal Trainer

Arnold Roots II PT Chester

Arnold Roots II

Personal Trainer
I have a passion for serving others and a passion for fitness. The combination of the two allows me to fulfill both passions while leaving a positive impact. I believe physical, mental, and spiritual wellness are among the most important aspects of life and helping others improve their physical well-being by sharing knowledge and setting examples is the most important part of personal training.  

Education

Fairmont State University, B.S. in Graphic Design Technology

Certification

National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer

Experience

NCAA Division I (2015- 2016) & Division II (2016-2018) Full Scholarship Football Athlete, Fairmont State University Office of Fitness and Wellness Personal Training Intern

Specialty

Weight loss, body re-composition, sports performance, and strength and conditioning.

Philosophy

"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't, you're right"

- Tom Ford

 

James Oguchi

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

James Oguchi PT Chester

James Oguchi

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach
I achieved two black belts at the age of 15 and in my early 20's I moved to LA to pursue stunt work in films. In the process of living on the west coast, I found a passion for health and wellness. I went on to get a B.S. Health and Exercise Science at Virginia Commonwealth University.  

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University B.S. Health and Exercise Science

 

Certification

INSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach, NCEP Certified Personal Trainer

 

Experience

20 years in martial arts (Black belt in Tai Kwan Do and Escrima/Arnis), Physical Therapist Assistant intern, Sports Medicine Clinic S&C intern

 

Specialty

Strength & Conditioning, Sport-Specific Training, Weight Loss, and Body Composition

 

Philosophy

“We do not stop exercising because we grow old - we grow old because we stop exercising.” - Dr. Kenneth Cooper

Esau Retamozo

Fitness Manager
& Personal Trainer

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Esau Retamozo

Fitness Manager
& Personal Trainer

“Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition - such as lifting weights - we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity.” - Stephen Covey

Education

Bachelors of Science in Sports and Recreation Management

Certification

ACE Personal Trainer

Experience

I have lots

Specialty

Weight loss, Pre/Post Operative Training, Military Performance Training, Sports Performance Training, and Corrective Exercises.

Philosophy

Fitness is more than looking good. It’s about feeling good inside and out. Be active. Be fit!

PJ Best

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach
Former Athlete that has a passion to train people to become their best selves. With guidance and accountability, you can accomplish anything.

Education

B.S Physical Education w/minor in Sociology from Averett University 2017 M.S Exercise Science from Liberty University 2021

Certification

United States of America of Weightlifting(USAW) L-1 Action CPT

Experience

NCAA Division III Football (3 year starter Offensive Line) athlete (Averett University 2013-2016), Strength and Conditioning internships from Virginia State University(6mo), University of Richmond(6mo), Averett University(12mo), Thomas Dale Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach(2016- Present)

Specialty

Strength of Conditioning, Sports Performance, Speed & Agility Training, Olympic Lifting, Power Lifting, Weight Loss, Program Design, Functional Movement Screening

Philosophy

Discipline and Consistency will always reign supreme.

Alicia Wells

Personal Trainer

Alicia Wells

Personal Trainer

Education

Lynchburg College, B.S. in Athletic Training

Certification

AFAA, NASM

Experience

NCAA DIII athlete, competitive gymnast, 4th in the nation national level figure competitor, weight training for 17 years, 6 years working in the fitness industry

Specialty

Weight training, weight loss/shape change, sports specific training, post surgery/rehab, midlife women, kids/teens

Philosophy

Seize the day, nothing is promised for tomorrow  

David Bailey

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

David Bailey CR PT

David Bailey

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach
My goal is to motivate, inspire, and create a professional program to meet your needs. I provide client-specific training focused on positive progression and lifestyle changes.

EDUCATION Virginia Union University, B.S. in Business Marketing

CERTIFICATION NCEP Certified Personal Trainer

EXPERIENCE Over 16 years of experience working with children, families, and the communities of the Richmond Metro and Tri-Cities areas

SPECIALTY Health and Wellness, Weight Loss

PHILOSOPHY “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” - Gandhi

Karis Keeley

Personal Trainer

Karis Keely PT CR

Karis Keeley

Personal Trainer
I have a passion for fitness and meeting new people. The opportunity to meet all these new people and show them how to work out properly is something I cherish. I believe that no matter what your goals are in life, fitness should always be an important factor. My goal is to give my clients all the tools they need for their personal and physical growth.  

EDUCATION Liberty University, B.S. in Graphic Design

CERTIFICATION ISSA Certified Personal Trainer

EXPERIENCE 10+ years of workout experience

SPECIALTY Strength Training, Muscle Building

PHILOSOPHY "If it was easy, everyone would do it." - Anonymous

Holly Chavez

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

Holly Chavez PT CR

Holly Chavez

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach
I help my clients create healthy lifestyles and achieve their fitness goals. Taking good care of yourself has never been more important and I want to help you feel awesome every day!  

EDUCATION B.S. in Exercise Science & Kinesiology, VCU

CERTIFICATION ACSM Exercise Physiologist, Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach, AFPA Holistic Nutritionist, ISSA Glute Specialist

EXPERIENCE 4 years Personal Training in Corporate Wellness

SPECIALTY Glute Shaping and Development, Weight Loss, Female Strength Training

PHILOSOPHY "Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.” - Jim Rohn

Terrence Hollowell

Personal Trainer

Terrence Hollowell PT CR

Terrence Hollowell

Personal Trainer
Constant improvement is the name of the game. I wanted to feel better as a human and that journey led me to lose 186lbs. It took a lot of small changes which eventually turned into big accomplishments! It’s all about your mindset. Look to make small changes first, stay consistent and big things will follow!

EDUCATION J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

CERTIFICATION NCEP Certified Personal Trainer

SPECIALTY Weight Loss

PHILOSOPHY "Be better today than you were yesterday, and be better tomorrow than you are today." -Lorenzo Snow

James Oguchi

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

James Oguchi PT Chester

James Oguchi

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach
I achieved two black belts at the age of 15 and in my early 20's I moved to LA to pursue stunt work in films. In the process of living on the west coast, I found a passion for health and wellness. I went on to get a B.S. Health and Exercise Science at Virginia Commonwealth University.  

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University B.S. Health and Exercise Science

 

Certification

INSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach, NCEP Certified Personal Trainer

 

Experience

20 years in martial arts (Black belt in Tai Kwan Do and Escrima/Arnis), Physical Therapist Assistant intern, Sports Medicine Clinic S&C intern

 

Specialty

Strength & Conditioning, Sport-Specific Training, Weight Loss, and Body Composition

 

Philosophy

“We do not stop exercising because we grow old - we grow old because we stop exercising.” - Dr. Kenneth Cooper

PJ Best

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach
Former Athlete that has a passion to train people to become their best selves. With guidance and accountability, you can accomplish anything.

Education

B.S Physical Education w/minor in Sociology from Averett University 2017 M.S Exercise Science from Liberty University 2021

Certification

United States of America of Weightlifting(USAW) L-1 Action CPT

Experience

NCAA Division III Football (3 year starter Offensive Line) athlete (Averett University 2013-2016), Strength and Conditioning internships from Virginia State University(6mo), University of Richmond(6mo), Averett University(12mo), Thomas Dale Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach(2016- Present)

Specialty

Strength of Conditioning, Sports Performance, Speed & Agility Training, Olympic Lifting, Power Lifting, Weight Loss, Program Design, Functional Movement Screening

Philosophy

Discipline and Consistency will always reign supreme.

David Bailey

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

David Bailey CR PT

David Bailey

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach
My goal is to motivate, inspire, and create a professional program to meet your needs. I provide client-specific training focused on positive progression and lifestyle changes.

EDUCATION Virginia Union University, B.S. in Business Marketing

CERTIFICATION NCEP Certified Personal Trainer

EXPERIENCE Over 16 years of experience working with children, families, and the communities of the Richmond Metro and Tri-Cities areas

SPECIALTY Health and Wellness, Weight Loss

PHILOSOPHY “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” - Gandhi

Holly Chavez

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

Holly Chavez PT CR

Holly Chavez

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach
I help my clients create healthy lifestyles and achieve their fitness goals. Taking good care of yourself has never been more important and I want to help you feel awesome every day!  

EDUCATION B.S. in Exercise Science & Kinesiology, VCU

CERTIFICATION ACSM Exercise Physiologist, Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach, AFPA Holistic Nutritionist, ISSA Glute Specialist

EXPERIENCE 4 years Personal Training in Corporate Wellness

SPECIALTY Glute Shaping and Development, Weight Loss, Female Strength Training

PHILOSOPHY "Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.” - Jim Rohn

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